Thursday, December 27, 2012

MWPSCA Rules in AP - Telugu version released by CM


Senior Citizens met the Chief Minister  on 24-12-2012.
The  Executive Committee of Senior Citizens led by Dr. Rao Chelikani, Chairman Federation of A.P. Senior Citizens organistions (FAPSCO) called, today  morning on   Sri N.Kiran Kumar Reddy, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and requested him on the occasion of World Telugu Meet, to   release the  official Telugu version of the Rules and Regulations of the Maintenance &  Welfare  of Parents  and Senior Citizens Act-2011 printed  with the courtesy of the FAPSCO and HelpAge India.

  The Chief Minister has released the same. The delegation, then, presented a Memorandum requesting him to arrange for a State level conference of Senior citizens on the lines of the National Conference held in Delhi by Government of  India. Secondly, In view of the grand success of the Elders Mela held recently in Hyderabad which brought all providers of goods and services to the senior citizens, the Chief Minister was  also requested to issue instructions to arrange for district level Melas.

The delegation has requested the Chief Minister to issue instructions to the District Collectors to form District Committees of Senior Citizens, as per the Rules issued by the Government.The delegation has also requested the Chief Minister, in a separate memorandum, to expedite providing concession in bus travel to the senior citizens which is pending with the Government for a long time.

The Chief Minister gave a patient hearing to  Sarvasri. M.Suryanarayana,Sri.B.Om Prakash, Smt. N.M. Rajeshwari,  and Sri P.S.Bhagavanulu. Sri.B.N.Chetty and other seniors from Kurnool district

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Meet Mr Murugesan - the barefoot librarian

Murugesan in his shop
Mr Murgesan of Dindukkal in Tamilnadu is a rare personality. Born in Kumaran Thandalam village near Alankanallur in Madurai, he is a 72 year old librarian cum second handbook seller with a difference. He enjoys procuring and supplying books in Tamil Language, culture and literature useful MPhil and PhD Scholars in several universities.He has studied only up to second class! He developed a taste for books when he was running a shop for waste paper. Books and pamphlets attracted him. Started attending free seminars, debates, conferences etc. He had the opportunity of many students and teachers visiting his shop because of useful collection of books.

He has named his children: IRaiMani, IRaiRani, IRaiMalar, IRaiEeasan  etc. IRai stands for God in Tamil. Some customers who were surprised by his devotion to Tamil language and culture, though utterly uneducated in a formal sense, suggested that he supplies books to university research students.He has been peddling his wares with sack load of books on his back for about twenty years.
He is fondly referred to as "Putthaga Taathaa" (old man with books) by students.

He has helped a few thousand students to complete their research courses. One Susheela Gopalan mentioned his contribution and acknowledged his help in her PhD thesis. Since then, quite a large number of Research dissertations include his name in acknowledged page. As a librarian, I can say this is a distinct honor for self less work. Murugesan does not charge anything specific for his service. He accepts whatever is given happily. He buys season ticket from Dindukkal  to Madurai regularly. Within cities and towns he goes by bus or walk. Any book required by a scholar is located (within a week utmost) in a book shop or library, bought / borrowed and delivered at the residence of customer. All out of love for helping academics.  He is proud to mention that the ice Chancellor of Tamil University Tanjavur, Ma Thirumalai and HOD of Tamil Dept, Smt Chandira are among his beneficiaries. They have referred a large number of students to him.
His heart is full of contentment and happiness. If this is not a story of productive ageing what else can be?

(Story courtesy: Ananda Vikatan dated 28 nov 2012 pages 74-77 Translated / re-told by Vyasamoorthy)


Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph 040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Generic Medicine shops in Hyderabad

Generic Medicine shops in Hyderabad

Jeevanadhara Pharmacy
LIG-B-301 Railway Reservation Counter Lane
Near Andhra Bank ATM Dr ASR Rao Nagar Hyderabad
Ph 040-64644611cell 93943 3998889
Nanda Pharmaceuticals & Health care (N Venkateswarlu)
12-13-485/3/1 new no 1396 behind IICT, Street no 14, Lane no 10,
Nagarjuna nagar, Tarnaka, Secunderbad 500017.
Phone 27173393 / Mobile 8106300080
Osmania General Hospital – 9848296909 /24605666
Gandhi hospital - 27507748
kukatpalli - 040 - 64554799
RTC X Roads Akunuri Medicals – 9246841384

There are also shops in LB Nagar / Khatedhan / Malkajgiri
and Laxminagar (Picket)        

Those who know the contact numbers may give it to me.

There are also shops in Vijayawada Guntur and Warangal

Monday, December 17, 2012

Senior Citizens News from Pakistan

Read two news items on Draft Senior Citizens Law in Pakistan.

Press Information Dept, Pakistan
PR No. 89
AGE DEMANDS ACTION: Policy for the Rights of Older People in Pakistan
Islamabad: October 10, 2012

Older People being a vulnerable group have been and still facing
number of problems and issues, the ratio of difficulties is high in
under developing countries like Pakistan. Their vulnerability becomes
double and triples in a disaster or emergency situation, and they have
often been overlooked in humanitarian and development work. Moreover
they are being challenged by discrimination, health, poverty and
social protection issues. Despite the fact older people are still
contributing a lot in the society. There is an utmost need to raise
the issues, needs and concerns of older people and advocate for their

A national seminar was organized by National Council of Social Welfare
(Ministry of Capital Administration and Development), HelpAge
International and Pakistan National Centre on Ageing (PNCA) at
Islamabad to urge the government for a Policy for the rights of Older
people in Pakistan.

According to a recent report by UNFPA and HelpAge International,
Pakistan is one of those 15 countries where population of people over
60 years of age is over 10 million, Currently there are 11.3 Million
people over 60 in Pakistan, which will be increased to 43.3 Million in
2050, making 15.8 percent of the total population.

Speaking to the seminar Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Secretary Ministry of
CAAD, Said that the state has recognized the need of the indigent
older people and intends to make institutional arrangements. The
policy for older people is dire need, the constitution of Islamic
republic of Pakistan enjoins on the state to alleviate the suffering
of all citizens, irrespective of age, sex, cast, creed or race. She
further said that National Council of social welfare under ministry of
CAAD drafted a bill for the older people and the same bill will be
presented in the parliament after completing consultation with all
line ministries, division departments and other stakeholders.

Ajeeba Aslam, Country Director HelpAge International Pakistan, said
"Population ageing – especially in the developing countries like
Pakistan – requires urgent, strategic actions at national, regional
and global level. She informed that senior citizens bill is pending in
the Pakistan Parliament since 2007 and it's a very fortunate today
that government has advised for consultation of this bill with
stakeholders and it will be then presented to parliament.

Other speakers include Col (Retd) S.K. Tressler, Former Minister,
former Chairman NCSW and Patron PNCA. Mr. Muzaffar Mahmod Qureshi,
Former federal secretary, Mr. S Farogh Naveed, former additional
secretary, Prime Minister Secretariat, Dr Haider Zaman, Mr. Akbar
Hayat Gandapur has also emphasized on the need of policy for the
rights of older people in Pakistan.

Ms. Gayyur Sultana, Director General (Directorate of Social welfare
and Special Education), in her concluding remarks wished all the
success to the organizers and assure her complete support in the
accomplishment of this struggle.


PR No. 91
our most valuable National Asset. CAD is committed to work for the
well-being of the older people. A draft bill is ready to secure the
welfare of the senior citizens.
Islamabad: October 10, 2012

"Senior citizens are our valuable, national asset and we must learn
from their enriched experiences. NGO's, Civil Society and everyone
among us must contribute to secure the rights of the old people. I
commit to play my role on behalf of the ministry in facilitating the
senior citizens of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and would
encourage NGO's to play their role in ensuring activities and seminars
so that we could benefit from the expertise of the senior citizens",
said the Secretary.

Secretary Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD),
Mrs. Riffat Shaheen Qazi said while addressing the National Seminar on
Policy for the Rights of elder citizens in Pakistan.

The Secretary said that CAD has prepared a draft bill for protecting
the rights of the senior citizens, which will be introduced in the
National Assembly soon. The draft bill was circulated among the senior
citizens for feed back. She added that Special Desks will be
established at major hospitals like PIMS and Polyclinic to facilitate
the senior citizen visiting these hospitals for medical check up.

"We need to seriously think about our respected senior citizens who
constitute 6% of the total population of the country. Giving respect
to the elder is enshrined in our religion and part of our social
culture. Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Welfare Bill 2012
shall provide steps for the well-being, comfort and Social Security of
the senior citizens of ICT. The Senior Citizen Welfare Council is to
be constituted after the passage of the Bill, will ensure their well

She added that the Council will formulate Policy Proposals, conduct
research and compile their data and then formulate proposals as per
their requirements and later mobilize financial resources for their

The seminar was jointly organized by OldAge International and Ministry
of CAD. Senior Joint Secretary CAD Abdul Latif Leghari and other
senior officials attended the meeting.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Hong Kong Weather Dept cares for seniors: see

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fwd: Google wishes me Happy Birthday

Dear Friends

When I opened Search Page on Google this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see the Google Image changed and when I moved cursor over the image (BD Greetings) "Happy Birthday Padmanabha!" could be seen as the image title.
Obviously Google is tracking BD via my profile! Great!!! I feel my admiration to Google stands vindicated / reciprocated.


Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph 040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Hong Kong Weather Dept cares for seniors: see

Age ventures India Retirement communities in multiple locations

Retire right here


The elderly need a space for a full life without being moved away to
exclusive communities
K. Murali KumarRetirement flats allow couples to take it easy and feel safe


peoplesenior citizens
social issues (general)social services

A new idea sees developers assigning a part of their regular projects
towards fully planned retirement flats, thus bringing the elderly into
the mainstream. Vaishna Roy reports

"We don't believe in pushing people into separate communities," says
Arun Gupta, the affable CEO of Age Ventures India (AVI). That in a
nutshell sums up what this non-profit venture is trying to do for
senior housing in the country. In a new and welcome move, AVI is
teaming up with developers to persuade them to convert a portion of
their new projects into elderly-friendly housing units. Thus, rather
than get isolated in retirement homes, the elderly can live and
interact with the larger community and yet be cared for with all the
little frills that make the sunset years carefree.

AVI liaises with leading developers working on large housing projects
or mini townships and works with them to dedicate 15-20 per cent of
their units into a separate retirement block. "We don't retire from
life, we just retire from work," says Gupta. The idea is to provide a
setting where the couple can take it easy, enjoy value-added pursuits,
be safe and yet stay in the mainstream.

AVI ties up with developers across cities. For instance, it has tied
with Shriram Properties in Chennai, Brigade Group in Bangalore,
Ramprastha Property in Gurgaon, and the ARG Group in Jaipur. In
Chennai, 134 of the 1,800-odd apartments at the Shriram Shankari
Complex in Guduvanchery will be set aside for Sanjeevani, the senior
living project.

The idea makes sense in more ways than one. As Ashok Iyer, VP, Shriram
Properties, says, "It's a purely economic solution. Surging land
costs, even in suburbs, make it unviable for senior citizens. Here, we
can even give them a swimming pool or badminton court."

Melur Meadows, an idyllic retirement village in Coimbatore, is talking
to developers for a similar tie-up. Says Maj. Sathyanarayanan, CEO,
"The idea is to move away from exclusive spaces for the elderly and
create inclusive spaces, where they can share common life facilities
with the larger community." He adds that the elderly need to feel a
sense of belonging, to see younger people. "We must find an Indian
solution for our seniors."

It is estimated that the 60+ population in India will touch 240
million by 2050. The demographic is growing at 3.8 per cent per annum
compared to the general rate of 1.8 per cent. Unlike the West, where
senior living is a mature industry, India has woken up to this segment
only in the last decade or so. A number of retirement communities,
both middle-end and luxurious, have come up across the country, but
this is the first time that the idea of merging them with regular
housing has been taken up.

It's a timely move. As a Jones Lang LaSalle report says, a significant
section of seniors today are independent, financially stable, and
well-travelled. They want to pursue hobbies or social work. They are
healthy and alert and don't appreciate being shunted out of sight.
Then there's the NRI phenomenon — children in the West too far away to
take care of parents here but concerned enough to look for holistic
solutions; and NRI retirees who want to come home to world-class
senior spaces.

These units have — besides the basics such as kitchen and dining room,
24-hour medical and nursing services, security and green spaces —
auditoriums, library and Internet zones, spas and yoga rooms, hobby
and indoor game areas with pottery, painting, carrom board and more.
Even more useful, there are valet and concierge services to pay bills,
book tickets and so on. Says Gupta: "AVI has even collaborated with
SRM University for seniors to take coaching or special classes there."
Owners pay a monthly fee for catering, medical and other value-added
services to AVI, which outsources these functions.

AVI has tied up with Help Age India for training its staff in
geriatric issues and for help in setting up counselling and physio
centres. It has also tied up with MHA, UK for laying down policies,
procedures and safety standards. MHA will also carry out annual

The block comes with an assisted living facility that a couple can
move into if needed. This echoes the gloabl trend for continuing care,
where a single campus provides the range of services from independent
and assisted living to skilled nursing care.

As Gupta says, "If a retirement home is really good, nobody should
need to move out." And if retirees can spend their sunset years in a
sunrise environment, it sounds like a great solution.

Keywords: Retirement homes, elder care, Help Age India

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Fwd: 12th Five Year Plan to be discussed in NAC on 27-12-12.

I am happy to reproduce an open Letter to Ms Sonia Gandhi.
The thrust of the letter explains the indifference of Planning
Commission towards concerns of senior citizens and urges Smt Sonia
Gandhi to remedy the ills of elderly poplulation by allocating
sufficients funds in the next five year plan. NAC is meeting on 27th
December Hence the Urgency. Thanks a lot Mr. Ruparelia for a well drafted
letter. This is the need of the hour indeed.

M.V.Ruparelia, A 503 Rashmi Utsav, Near Jangid Estate & Vijay Park,
Mira Road (East), Dist. Thane-Maharashtra-401107. E/Mail:

Smt Sonia Gandhi,
Charperson, National Advisory Council,
2 Motilal Nehru Place, New Delhi-110011.

Sub: Draft 12th Five Year Plan to be discussed on 27-12-12.

We, 12 crore Elders of the Country, are disappointed to see 2 page-9
paragraphs from 24.233 to 24.242 on Senior Citizens in Final Draft of
12th Five Year Plan to be discussed on 27-12-12 in NAC. Elders of the
Country look to you for making proper provisions in this Plan, you
also being one of the Elders. As you are aware a National Policy was
announced in 1999 after Cabinet`s approval on 13-2-99. Large number of
provisions are remaining unimplemented even after 14 years due to
Planning Commission & Finance Ministry not making available the
required funds to various Stake Holders including States/UTs, though
required to do so under para 93. A glance at 12th Plan Final Draft to
be discussed with NAC on 27-12-12 will indicate as to how much and how
sincerely Government is providing funds for welfare of other weaker,
vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of the Society like
SC/ST/OBC/Handicaps/Disabled/Minorities but step motherly treatment is
given to their Elders, who are more abused at present than so-called
abused communities, more disabled & more handicapped than certified
disabled & handicaps and in minority (10%).!!

Nodal Ministry had given various recommendations for inclusion in 12th
Plan after considering practical difficulties felt by them in
implementing the Policy in time but only few were accepted by Working
Group on Social Welfare of Planning Commission, which gave about 30
recommendations (2.8.1 to 2.8.15, 2.9.1 to 2.9.15) in October, 11. It
is observed from Final Draft placed on Web Site that about 11
recommendations are taken note of out of more than 30 given by Working
Group. No cognizance is taken of the following recommendations of
Working Group:

i) 2.8.3 : To increase Insurance Cover under
Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna to Rs 1 lakh for Senior Citizens.

ii) 2.8.4: Provision of 1800 crore for setting more
Geriatric Centres/Wards for Senior Citizens.

iii) 2.8.5: Enhancement of Pension under Indira Gandhi
National Old Age Pension Scheme. Many MPs have represented from time
to time, the last being through Unstarred Question in Rajya Sabha vide
Question no. 1853 dt 30-8-12 to increase this pension to Rs 5000 p.m.
During Nationwide agitation Pension Commission of Smt Aruna, Member of
NAC, Rs 2000 minimum was demanded.

iv) 2.8.7: 14 Centres for Assisted Living for
rehabilitation of Elderly suffering from dementia etc.

v) 2.8.9: Setting up of National Institute of Ageing.

vi) 2.8.11: Providing Training to Care Givers in 100 cities.

vii) 2.8.14: Free Legal Service to BPL Senior Citizens.

viii) 2.9.1: Setting up of Separate Department of Senior
Citizens. At present, subject of Drug addicts is also attached.
Department is understaffed.

ix) 2.9.3 to 2.9.10: These are important matters
required to be reflected in Plan.

x) 2.9.11: Weekly Programme of 1 hour on Doordarshan
will go a long way to establish awareness amongst Society. Similar
Provision for Private Channels also must be provided by legislation or

xi) 2.9.13 to 15: Very important Provisions to be
enforced and provided in Plan.

According to News, Planning Commission has turned down the proposal of
Ministry Of Social Justice to provide Old Age Homes for destitute
Senior Citizens at district level as Central Scheme on the plea that
this involves non-recurring expenditure only and as such States have
to provide funds and not the Planning Commission. In the final draft
also, Planning Commission has insisted on States to provide funds for
this huge work.This scheme of providing Old Age Homes for destitutes
is statutorily provided in Sec 19 of Maintenance & Welfare of Parents
and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and Rules framed there under. 150
destitutes in such Homes are to be provided from day one, nutritious &
wholesome diet; adequate clothing from time to time; linens,
sanitation, hygiene, security arrangements; transport to nearby
hospitals; premiums for health insurance; electricity, fans, heating
arrangements during winter; recreation facilities; televisions,
newspapers, books; managing staff etc. All these require recurring
expenditure much more than initial non-recurring expenditure of
providing Homes. Argument of Planning Commission that this involves
only non-recurring expenditure is apparently not correct.

Working Group on Social Defence constituted by Planning Commission
for formulation of 11th Plan had recommended to transfer this to Plan
Head to facilitate establishment of Old Age Homes on large scale.
Ministry of Social Justice had also formulated the Scheme to construct
300 such Homes at a cost of Rs 635 crore during 11 th Plan. This was
not accepted by Planning Commission, though Rs 60 crore was provided
in 11th Plan Period and matter was postponed for discussion in Working
Group of 12th Plan!! Planning Commission was not interested to
facilitate provision made in Statutory Act, 2007!!

Working Group of 12th Plan examined the whole issue in depth and not
only recommended funds for generation of Awareness of this Act, 2007
but also Rs 1680 crore for assisting States to discharge their
statutory duties of providing Old Age Homes during 12th Plan. Para 93
of National Policy, 99 also lays down that Planning Commission &
Finance Ministry will facilitate budgetary provisions required for
implementation of the Policy, 99. Act, 2007 is the outcome of this
Policy, 99 and Planning Commission cannot deny the provision of
sufficient funds even to States/UTs for this noble cause statutorily
provided in Centrally Sponsored Act, 2007 for benefit of 3546.8 lakh
BPL Elders of the Country. If not provided, no Homes will be
constructed by States/Uts as not done since 2007 to 2012!! As
repeatedly brought to your notice for last 3 years of our agitations,
large number of provisions of NPOP, 99 are not implemented by stake
holders & States due to unhelpful attitude of Planning Commission &
Finance Ministry in not providing funds, as laid down in Policy, 99.

We request You as one of us as well as Chair Person of NAC to look in
to this unhelpful attitude of Planning Commission and get sufficient
funds provided for your 12 crore Elders in 12th Plan.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,



Indifference of Planning Commission towards Senior Citizens

Dear Friends
I am giving below an article written by Sri RN Mital, President of All
India Senior Citizens Confederation.
It is important that we should raise a unified voice against the
indifference of Planning Commission.I request you to reproduce it
extensively in your websites, blogs, discussion groups etc. Pl
circulate it among your friends. Ask them to write to the Planing
Commission to change their stance and provide meaningful
recommendations to the government.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy, 30 Gruhalakshmi Colony Secunderabad 500015 Ph
040-27846631 / 9490804278.

Indifference of Planning Commission towards Senior Citizens

(RN Mital, President, AISCCON)

Indifferent Planning Commission - We are all aware of the fact that
the major reason for imperfect implementation by the States/UT's of
the NPOP 99 was inadequate or nil budgetary support. It happened in
spite of our repeated representations to GOI, and was largely due to
the indifference on part of the Planning Commission and the Ministry
of Finance.

Now we have another shocker: according to media reports Planning
Commission has recently turned down MOSJE's proposal of building old
age homes as mandated in the MWPSC ACT 2007. In a letter on October 30
to Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Hon'ble Kumari Selja, the
Vice Chairman of Planning Commission Sri Montek Ahluwalia has opined
that the activity to construct old age homes for indigent senior
citizens, did not fall under Central Government's domain and that it
would be appropriate if this activity is run by state governments

The claim that the construction of OAH does not fall in the Central
Govt domain is not fully justified because otherwise how could Shri
Chidambram allot Rs 200Crore for assistance to States to construct OAH
in the budget for 2008 [or 09?] which was reduced to 100 Crores in
2010-11 but remained unutilized?.

In fact for the 11th 5 year plan a centrally sponsored scheme was
worked out by MOSJE to build 300 OAH at the cost of Rs 635 Crores. But
as the Planning Commission thought fit to allot only 60 crores for
this purpose the scheme was recast and it was decided to build only
100 homes within the grant available. Even this scheme was rejected by
the Commission. It is learnt that for the 12thPlan the Working group
of MOSJE recommended again 640 OAH to be established in districts at
the cost of 1680 Crores in partnership with the States which also is
not acceptable to the Commission

Most of the States neither have the political will nor resources to
take up construction of OAH in all districts unless they are helped.
This is the reason why not a single Old Age Home has come up during
the last 6 years in any district under the mandate of the above Act.

In the policy document of the 12th Plan the Commission has emphasized
that the concept of "Ageing in place" should be promoted and that the
institutional care should be the last resort. It is accepted that
"ageing in place" is a good concept but it is applicable to
comparatively the well to do category and not to the indigent senior
citizens for whom the above facilities are required.

According to a report in The Hindu on an average two old persons are
found abandoned daily in Chennai. They are abandoned on high ways, in
religious places or hospitals when their families feel that they have
become a burden. We do not have figures for the whole Country but it
must be in hundreds. The Old Age Homes are needed for them and it will
be very unfortunate if funds even for this activity are denied by the
Planning Commission. It is nothing but sheer neglect of the Senior
Citizens in our Country.